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PSP and Father of AHEPA Housing Program Nick Smyrnis
AHEPA mourns the passing of Past Supreme President, and
co-founder of AHEPA National Housing Corporation (ANHC),
Nick Smyrnis. Brother Smyrnis, of Indianapolis, Ind., was a
73-year Life Member of James Whitcomb Riley Chapter 232,
Indianapolis. He passed away January
15, 2022, at the age of 98.
" We are deeply saddened by the news
of Brother Smyrnis' passing, " Supreme
President Jimmy Kokotas said. " A titan of
the community for more than half a century,
Brother Nick's contributions were
immense and valued greatly. He served
the Order in key leadership positions with class and distinction.
Brother Nick is known as the father of AHEPA's National Housing
program, a program that is considered AHEPA's " crown jewel " and
touches the lives of thousands of vulnerable seniors nationwide. A
true Ahepan, he will be missed tremendously by the AHEPA family
for his wisdom, vision, and leadership. Our deepest sympathies
are with the Smyrnis family. May his memory be eternal. "
Brother Smyrnis served two terms as Supreme President
(1979 to 1981). During his first term, President Jimmy Carter
spoke at the 1980 AHEPA Congressional Banquet in Washington,
DC. He also represented the United States at the Olympic Torch
Ceremony in Athens, Greece, January 27-31, 1980, as part of
a delegation appointed by President Carter to bring back the
Olympic torch for the Winter Olympic Games in Lake Placid, N.Y.
Brother Smyrnis was one of the founders of AHEPA National
Housing Corporation, which he helped establish in 1983 to provide
affordable apartment communities for low-income seniors.
He was also an original founder of ANHC's subsidiary, AHEPA
Affordable Housing Management Company (AMC), created in
1991 to provide property management services for affordable
senior apartment communities. Smyrnis served as the first
President of the ANHC Board and as AMC President until 2008.
Today, ANHC, through its subsidiaries, is a nationwide provider
of 91 affordable apartment communities, serving 5,500 seniors.
" Brother Smyrnis served as a mentor to those of us involved
in the AHEPA National Housing program, " ANHC President Carl
Hollister, PSP, said. " He inspired the AHEPA family to provide
more affordable, safe, and dignified housing to seniors through
his passion, knowledge, and the outstanding example he set
forth for us to follow. His passing leaves a void that will be
impossible to fill. We will take what we learned from him, and
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we will honor his memory by continuing to grow our mission to
serve more seniors in need. May his memory be eternal. "
Additional highlights during Smyrnis' AHEPA service
In 1976, as Chairman of the AHEPA Board of Trustees, Brother
Smyrnis introduced President Gerald R. Ford, who delivered
remarks at the AHEPA Bicentennial Congressional Dinner in
In 1991, Smyrnis served as the General Chairman of the
" AHEPA Evening on Ellis Island, " a moving celebration of the
Greek immigrant experience. he event also celebrated AHEPA's
contributions to the restoration of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis
Island that earned AHEPA special recognition from the U.S.
Department of the Interior.
In 2014, ANHC presented Smyrnis with its Lifetime
Achievement Award. He also received the AHEPA Lifetime
Achievement Award and the AHEPA Medal for Military Service
as a U.S. Army veteran.
PSG Tasso Chronis
AHEPA mourns the passing of Past Supreme Governor
Anastasios " Tasso " Chronis of Albuquerque, N.M. Brother
Chronis, who was a founder of Chapter 501 in Albuquerque,
which now bears his name, passed away
Dec. 16, 2021. He was 87.
Brother Chronis, a 48-year Ahepan,
was considered a legend in Albuquerque
for his contributions to the community.
Among them, Brother Chronis helped
to spearhead the sponsorship of three
affordable senior housing communities
in Albuquerque as part of the AHEPA National Housing program
and served on the AHEPA National Housing Corporation Board
of Directors. Under his leadership, the chapter also purchased
land in Manzano Mountains, which the community used for
" We are deeply saddened by the passing of Brother Tasso, "
Supreme President Jimmy Kokotas said. " His contributions to
the Albuquerque community were immense and are lasting.
Brother Chronis served the Order with great pride, passion, and
dedication, and he will be greatly missed. Our deepest sympathies
are with the Chronis family. May his memory be eternal. "
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